Andaz 5th Ave Wedding

Samantha was one of the most relaxed Brides I have ever had the pleasure of working with.  When you are an ER doctor, who deals with high pressure situations on a daily basis, the stress of other things just pale in comparison!  She was a delight to work with also because she was happy to leave the details to her wedding professionals.  I always ask my clients for their preference (if any) on different aspects of the wedding. Samantha knew exactly the colour palette and feel she wanted for the wedding.  When she had an opinion on something, she was never afraid to give it, and when she didn't have a strong feeling on one of the little details, she would often say "whatever you and Jessie (Rountree Flowers) think would work best".  Music to a designer's ears. How gorgeous is this bouquet?

The wedding took place at the super stylish Andaz 5th Avenue Hotel, which Kevin had read about in an architectural magazine.  Apt 2E has a number of different rooms, which made for an interesting flow for the wedding celebration.  My favourite room was the library, where the ceremony took place.  Rountree Flowers styled the bookshelf using lush ivy, ferns, jasmine vine, lattice lanterns, candles, family photographs from the Samantha and Kevin, and the hotel's own props.  I love what a unique backdrop this created, like you were inviting your guests into your own home for your wedding ceremony.

We placed a wedding popper on each ceremony seat and during their recessional there was a joyous sound of poppers exploding and streamers flying through the air!

The location of the hotel made perfect sense as it was right by Bryant Park, where Samantha and Kevin had their first date.  The weather was beautiful that day and they were able to spend some time doing portraits around Bryant Park.

Cocktails took place in the open kitchen where guests were able to see Chef prepare the food.  Great fun for all the people who love food!

Dinner was in a room with spectacular views of the New York Public Library.  We used the hotel's dark wood tables and black bellini chairs for a sleek and contemporary feel. Along the tables, Rountree Flowers placed a silver runner with a lattice pattern and soft sheen that reflected the candlelight beautifully.  The varied arrangements included deep red dahlias, vanda orchids, black beauty roses, silvery grey dusty miller, grey brunia and a touch of seeded eucalyptus.  Samantha found red double happiness boxes in Taiwan, that she filled with Lindt Chocolates for wedding favours.

Congratulations to Samantha and Kevin!  It was such an intimate and unique wedding. I had so much fun working with you!

Featured on Style Me Pretty

Wedding Photography: Maggie Marguerite Studios / Wedding Venue: Andaz 5th Avenue in New York, New York / Wedding Planning: Ang Weddings and Events / Floral Design: Rountree Flowers / Officiant: Carissa Templeton / Wedding Cake: A White Cake / Wedding Invitations: Invitations by Ajalon / Wedding Day Paper Goods: Minted / String Duo: The Juilliard School / Jazz Band: Koran Agan / Favors: Lindt / Wedding Dress: Casablanca Bridal / Hair: Ken See / Makeup: Makeup by Tiffany / Groom’s Suit: Helmut Lang

Andaz 5th Ave Wedding on Style Me Pretty

Two of our weddings are on Style Me Pretty within a week and we could not be more honoured.  Make sure you check out Samantha and Kevin's wedding at the stylish Andaz 5th Ave Hotel.  A very special venue for a very special couple.

Photography by Maggie Marguerite Studios / Bouquet by Rountree Flowers

Featured on Merci - Per Se Wedding

I am so happy to see this chic New York City wedding featured on Merci New York. Thank you to Jackie and Meredith for a lovely post and to Chennergy for the stunning images.  Click below to see the full post and all the wonderful vendors involved. Congratulations to Bethany and Sage!

Photography by Chennergy via Merci New York

Bridgewaters Wedding in South Street Seaport

I am so happy to be able to share these images from Julia Newman Photography here on the blog.  This wedding was recently featured on Style Me Pretty, where the groom wrote a memorable and humourous description of the wedding day.Johan and Meghan are the sweetest couple and I feel so blessed to have met them and been part of their special day.  Funnily enough I met Meghan while getting my hair cut by the lovely Nercy of Alchemy Space Salon.   She was next in the chair after me and we struck up a conversation thanks to Nercy's introduction.  For Meghan and Johan, the wedding day was all about a celebration with friends and family.  They both come from large families and it was so lovely to see how close they are and how much they mean to their friends.  All together a very sweet and meaningful day.

They chose a quintessentially New York City inspired letter-pressed invitation suite by the ever stylish Ceci New York.

These first look images that Julia took just outside the Andaz Hotel are priceless.

The weather was glorious that day and the bridal party took advantage of that by taking portraits around South Street Seaport.  At this point I was at the church setting things up and greeting the musicians and officiant.  It was so lovely when I received these images and could see the magic that Julia was weaving.  Meghan was not even going to try on this gown at her Amsale appointment, but with some urging from her little niece, she tried on "the sparkly one" and ended up getting it!  I think it look fabulous on her.  So elegant, and with interesting details to make it really special.

....and they're married!

The reception took place at Bridgewaters, which has incredible views of the water, ships and bridges.  The weather was nice enough for guests to enjoy the terrace and the view.  Their band The Touch kept the dance floor packed the entire night.  It was the flower girl, Meghan's niece's birthday, so during the speeches, they brought out a birthday cake especially for her.  Inspired by halloween, we set up a table covered with glass bowls and different types of candy for guests to take home as favours.

Ceci New York also created the paperie for the wedding, with an apple motif to represent New York City.

One of the sweetest moments was when Meghan surprised Johan with this personalized cake topper, with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background and Johan wearing an SF Giants hat.

Julia Newman Photography also provided a photo booth that the guests never stopped using throughout the reception.  It being three days before halloween gave everyone the incentive to really dress up and have fun!

I had a blast working with Meghan and Johan.  Congratulations again!

Link to Style Me Pretty feature

Link to video by Kiss the Bride Films

Wedding Photography: Julia Newman + Terence Law of Julia Newman Photography / Ceremony: Church of St. Andrew / Reception: Bridgewaters / Event Planning: Ang Weddings and Events / Floral Design: Garden Shop / Cinematography: Kiss the Bride Films / Wedding Invitations: Ceci New York / Band: The Touch / Trumpet Player: Max Morden / Organist: Cynthia Weinrich / Singer: Nina Riley / Officiant: Father Anthony Azzarto / Hotel: Andaz Wall Street / Wedding Dress, Veil + Hair Piece: Amsale / Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Hair: Alchemy Space Salon / Makeup: Lindsey Jones

Modern Winter Styled Shoot

Our styled shoot was featured on Style Me Pretty last week and I am so happy to be able to share the images from Karen Wise Photography here on our blog.

Loren from Naturally Delicious put us in touch with the owner of this beautiful town house in Brooklyn, which was built in 1887.  The homeowner is an interior designer, who has added so many interesting contemporary elements to the house.  The simplicity of the more modern furniture allowing you to really appreciate how ornate the house itself is. We used the house and the art it contains to inspire our styled shoot.  A room upstairs had an incredible teal wallpaper covered which faces, which led us to adding a teal accent to our colour palette.  The house is a private residence that is only available on a selective basis for intimate weddings and cocktail parties. Naturally Delicious is the exclusive caterer for this venue.

The elegant satin gown by Angelo Lambrou, shoes by Aruna Seth, headpiece by Sara Gabriel and art deco clutch by Moyna were from Gabriella New York Bridal Salon.  The jewelry was from Paris through Mark Ingram Atelier.  We wanted to keep the fashion contemporary with lots of clean lines and just a touch of sparkle.  Makeup for the models by Lindsey Jones.

Rountree Flowers designed the stunning flowers for the shoot, starting with this bridal bouquet of French ranunculus, frittilaria and double freesia tied with a silk teal ribbon.

The boutonnieres were single Eucharis lilies.

Luke wore an impeccably tailored Duncan Quinn suit with a subtle navy dotted pattern.

All the paper goods were designed by Regas.  The blind hit letterpress on the invitations were inspired by the pattern on a wooden tray, and the lattice on the response envelopes by the wooden floor in the living room.  The bold patterns were brought through to the escort cards, place cards and menus.  I adore the bright teal envelope liner that they added to the invitation suite.

The bridesmaid bouquet was composed of ranunculus and narcissus.  For the bridesmaid dresses we used a grey dress from 57 Grand and a teal dress from Anthropologie, both with ruffle details.

Naturally Delicious provided all the food, drinks and desserts for our shoot.  Starting with hors d'oeuvres of sea scallops with applewood bacon and rosemary skewers.

Curried crab salad with buttered fingerling potatoes.

Prosciutto with caramelized pears and an aged balsamic reduction glaze.

Smoked bacon polenta panini with mozzarella and basil aioli.

Fresh ricotta with chestnut honey on a crisp bruschetta.

Specialty cocktails were a pomegranate sparkle martini, St Germaine bubbly, and a pink grapefruit mojito.

When we thought of a winter shoot, white immediately came to mind and Jessie from Rountree Flowers suggested adding different shades of grey.  To keep the flowers contemporary Rountree Flowers used only one type of flower in each of the white square containers - ranunculus, the akito rose and narcissus (which have an incredible scent).  Each of the tables was named a different Brooklyn neighbourhood.  Candlelight was an important element to our design.  We used simple frosted square votives on the tables.  Over the ornate mantelpiece, Rountree Flowers arranged elegant Eucharis lilies in rectangular containers, surrounded by rectangular pillar candles of varying size.  The flickering light from the pillar candles reflecting in the glass containers added a romantic warm glow to the room.

Naturally Delicious created a winter white dessert table, including a Tahitian vanilla wedding cake.  Rountree Flowers added an arrangement of quince branches, which are only available during the cooler months of winter.

For our favours, we wrapped boxes of varying sizes with different white and silver ribbons, each with a different sweet treat inside.

Our models for the shoot were a recently married couple, who both happen to be comedians.  Many thanks to Abbi Crutchfield and Luke Thayer for braving the cold on a winter day in January for the shots on the stoop!

Thank you to everyone for collaborating on this fun project.  It was such a pleasure working with you all!

Link to Style Me Pretty

Link to behind the scenes video by Love in Progress

Photography: Karen Wise Photography / Event Planning + Event Design: Ang Weddings and Events / Flowers + Event Design: Rountree Flowers / Catering + Dessert Table: Naturally Delicious / Paper Goods: Regas / Makeup: Lindsey Jones / Cinematographer: Love in Progress / Venue: Brooklyn Historic Mansion 280washington@gmail.com / Dress: Angelo Lambrou Shoes: Aruna Seth Headpiece: Sara Gabriel Clutch: Moyna Handbags via Gabriella New York Bridal Salon / Jewelry: Paris via Mark Ingram Atelier / Suit: Duncan Quinn / Grey Bridesmaid Dress: 57 Grand / Green Bridesmaid Dress: Anthropologie / Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals / Couple: Abbi Crutchfield + Luke Thayer

Featured on Style Me Pretty - Brooklyn Styled Shoot

I am so excited to have our modern winter styled shoot featured on Style Me Pretty! Thank you to the SMP team for publishing our work on your always chic and style centric blog.  Head on over there to see the stunning images by Karen Wise Photography, behind the scenes video by Love In Progress and the wonderful team that collaborated on this project.

Karen Wise Photography via Style Me Pretty